A Complete Guide To Switching From HTTP To HTTPS

HTTPS is a must for every website nowadays: Users are looking for the padlock when providing their details; Chrome1 and Firefox2 explicitly mark websites that provide forms on pages without HTTPS as being non-secure; it is an SEO ranking factor3; and it has a serious impact on privacy4 in general. Additionally, there is now more than one option to get an HTTPS certificate for free, so switching to HTTPS is only a matter of will. Setting up HTTPS can be a bit intimidating for the inexperienced user it takes many steps with different parties, it requires specific knowledge of encryption and server configuration, and it sounds complicated in general. In this guide, I will explain the individual components and steps and will clearly cover the individual stages of the setup. Your experience should be easy, especially if your hosting provider also supplies HTTPS certificates chances are you will be able to perform everything from your control panel quickly and easily.

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